Like short story competitions?
Like writing to prompts?
Thrive on a deadline?
Want to (potentially) win £110?
Got enough time in the next 20 weeks to write a story a fortnight?
If the answers to the above questions are YES! (or even Yes Please!) get yourself along to Slingink and sign up for the Eurofiction competition.
It's called Eurofiction because, a bit like Eurovision, the submitted stories are given a score (some stories get 'nil point'!) and the scores are collated in a league table. Over the 20 weeks (10 stories) you'll see yourself rise (or fall!) in the table and the writer with the highest cumulative score at the end of the competition is the winner. You'll also receive your score via email with a couple of brief lines of critique.
I entered last year (and the year before that) and while I didn't win I did get a lot out of it. It increased my short story productivity for one and I even went on to sell a couple of my stories.
I should note here that this competition isn't without its hiccups and, pretty much every year, entrants moan that they want to know who the judges are and what qualifies them to judge a short story competition (the judges are anonymous and plan on remaining that way!) and there are some heated discussions about whether or not the top scoring merited its score or not. Oh..and if you're a very literary writer you probably won't score very well. This is a comp for the genre writers amongst you.
I say go for it. It's a bit of fun and you'll be 10 stories up by the end of it if nothing else. You'll need to sign up as a Slingink member before you can enter the comp (membership is free). Oh yes, and it all kicks off on 1st October so make sure you register in good time.